49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

Low Inflation? 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity
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Low Inflation? – 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity

If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are 49 million Americans dealing with food insecurity?

Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs. The level of employment in this nation has remained fairly level since the end of the last recession, and median household income has gone down for five years in a row. Meanwhile, our bills just keep going up and the cost of food is starting to rise at a very frightening pace. Family budgets are being squeezed tighter and tighter, and more families are falling out of the middle class every single day. In fact, a new report by Feeding America (which operates the largest network of food banks in the country) says that 49 million Americans are “food insecure” at this point. Approximately 16 million of them are children. It is a silent epidemic of hunger that those living in the wealthy areas of the country don’t hear much about. But it is very real.

You can read the whole article here on the Economic Collapse website, but here’s the jist of it.

“Nothing is getting better,” said Craig Gundersen, lead researcher of the report, “Map the Meal Gap 2014,” and an expert in food insecurity and food aid programs.

“Let’s stop talking about the end of the Great Recession until we can make sure that we get food insecurity rates down to a more reasonable level,” he added. “We’re still in the throes of the Great Recession, from my perspective.”

If someone tries to tell you that “the economy is getting better”, that person is probably living in a wealthy neighborhood. Because those that live in poor neighborhoods would not describe what is going around them as an improvement.

Just remember that nearly 50 million Americans that are facing food insecurity. When the next economic crisis strikes, that number is going to go much higher.

Emergency Food Storage can help you through the rough times

 

Making Survival Choices Despite Life Experience to the Contrary

Higher Food Prices at Stores Show Need for Freeze Dried Food Supply
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Higher Food Prices at Stores Show Need for Emergency Food Supply

It’s been interesting over the years watching people’s reactions to having extra food on hand. Even in the age of instant news and information, and with the plethora of natural disasters today, a lot of people still are resistant to having more than a couple days food in their house.

Here is what I’ve seen just with my family and friends:

  • Two of my relatives (a married couple) have no food in the house. They eat out every meal because neither one cooks. And they don’t want to cook. They have no basic handyman skills either. So, if something happens, they are totally dependent on others for all their needs.
  • An aunt and uncle keep a couple days of food in the house but don’t feel the need to have any more. They live in the middle of tornado alley in the midwest and have close calls every year.
  • I have many friends in the Boston area where power goes out every year, sometimes multiple times. None have a fireplace, so they are dependent on purchased fuel for heat. Also, none have a backup generator, so when the power goes out, they have to tough their way through it. Sometimes, they turn on the oven and open the oven door for heat. Plus, they have very little food in their houses.
  • One of my relatives is dating someone from Eastern Europe (I love Europeans and world travel, so I’m not singling him out). He survived the holocaust when he was young because he spoke 4 languages and could pass for a citizen of several countries. Still he was separated from his parents when he was young and never saw them again. He was on his own from an early age and had to fend for himself. However, living in America today, he still takes no precautions. He goes to the supermarket every day and is happy living like that.

Why am I telling you all this? Just to underline the fact that we all make choices. Even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, people still think it will never happen to them. I hope they’re right.

I assume if you are reading this, you are at least open to having some emergency food on hand. If so, realize you can start small. Here is a 72-Hour kit from Mountain House Freeze Dried Food that will give a taste of what emergency food storage is like.

 

Food Inflation: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs

Food Inflation: Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs
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Beef, Pork And Shrimp Prices Soar To Record Highs

It has previously been reported that beef and pork prices have been reaching all-time highs on an almost daily basis. What follows are charts showing beef, pork and shrimp prices. No matter what any government agency says about the low rate of inflation, these charts tell a different story.

Here is the current chart for beef prices:

Beef Prices through 03/31/2014
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Beef Prices through 03/31/2014

Here is the current chart for pork prices:

Pork Prices through 03/31/2014
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Pork Prices through 03/31/2014

Here is the current chart for shrimp prices:

Shrimp Prices through 03/31/2014
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Shrimp Prices through 03/31/2014

With shrimp, prices have jumped to a 14-year high in recent months, spurred by a disease that’s ravaging the seafood’s population.

Restaurant chains, which are already struggling with shaky U.S. consumer confidence, are taking a profit hit as prices climb.

In March, shrimp prices jumped 61% from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The climb is due mainly to a bacterial disease known as “early mortality syndrome”. While the ailment has no effect on humans, it’s wreaking havoc on young shrimp farmed in Southeast Asia.

Don’t be shocked the next time you go to the supermarket.

 

NDAA S.1867 Establishes Martial Law in America – Are You Ready?

Checkpoints are becoming more common in America
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Checkpoints are becoming more common in America

Forty members of Congress have sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders protesting certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act that would legalize indefinite detention of American citizens without trial. The revised version of the bill heads for a final vote on Thursday.

Here is a passage from the letter:

“The Senate-passed version of the NDAA, S. 1867, contains Section 1031, which authorizes indefinite military detention of suspected terrorists without protecting U.S. citizens’ right to trial. We are deeply concerned that this provision could undermine the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth amendment rights of U.S. citizens who might be subjects of detention or prosecution by the military.”

A lot of people have the mistaken idea that the indefinite detention legislation does not apply to American citizens. However, it does. There is an exemption for American citizens from the mandatory detention requirement (section 1032 of the bill), but no exemption for American citizens from the authorization to use the military to indefinitely detain people without charge or trial (section 1031 of the bill). So, the result is that, under the bill, the military has the power to indefinitely imprison American citizens, but it does not have to use its power unless ordered to do so.

Need more proof that this is actually happening? Here is what one of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Lindsey Graham said about it on the Senate floor:

“Section 1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.”

Another co-sponsor of the bill, Sen. John McCain, said this:

“Americans suspected of terrorism could not only be indefinitely detained, but could be sent to Guantanamo.”

This is what it has come to in America. Under the supposed constant threat of terrorist attacks, everyone has become a suspect. Guilty until proven innocent.

 

Feds Demanding Customer Lists – May or May Not Be True

A couple days ago, I posted a story that the Feds had gone to a Mormon Cannery facility in Tennessee and demanded lists of customers who had purchased storable food.

Here we are two days later and I can no longer tell if this story is true or not. At the time I posted it, it seemed very credible. But now, I don’t now.

If you try to research the subject on the net, you will find 50% of the people say the story is true, the other 50% say it’s bogus.

Everyone seems to have their secret source who works at a Mormon cannery and they claim to have the inside scoop. At this point, I can’t tell you one way or the other. You will just have to do your own research and make up your own mind. But, here’s how I feel about it.

If they Feds are wanting to see who is buying storable food, it wouldn’t discourage me from continuing to buy it. In fact, it would make me want to buy it that much faster.

If the Feds are not demanding lists, then I would still advocate that people buy emergency food, whether it is bulk staples, freeze dried food, or dehydrated food. And I would still continue to buy it myself.

Hope that helps.